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# Friday, October 19, 2012
Genealogy News Corral, Oct. 15-19
Posted by Diane

  • Look for a new blog soon from the Library of Congress: To complement its Civil War in America exhibition, the LOC will debut a new blog in November to chronicle more than 40 folks from the North and South whose lives were affected by the war.

    Posts will use first-person accounts such as diaries, letters and published memoirs. “Bloggers” will include people such as Robert E. Lee, Clara Barton, Stonewall Jackson, William Tecumseh Sherman, Ulysses S. Grant,  Walt Whitman, Elizabeth Keckley, Eugenia Phillips and John F. Chase. You can find the blog starting Nov. 12 at blogs.loc.gov.
  • Military records website Fold3 reached a milestone this week when when the site exceeded 100,000,000 images of historical records. Read more about this achievement on the Fold3 blog. The site, which launched in January 2007 as Footnote, has worked with partners including the National Archives, Allen County Public Library, FamilySearch and others to digitize records. Ancestry.com purchased the site in 2010 and last year rebranded it Fold3.com.


Got Iowa ancestors? Our Iowa Genealogy Crash Course webinar, happening Tuesday evening, Oct. 30, will help you find their vital records, US and state censuses, land records and more. Learn more about the Iowa Genealogy Crash Course in ShopFamilyTree.com.


Ancestry.com | Civil War | Fold3 | Free Databases | Libraries and Archives | Military records | Newspapers
Friday, October 19, 2012 3:08:37 PM (Eastern Daylight Time, UTC-04:00)  #  Comments [0]
# Thursday, October 18, 2012
See 1911 British Census Transcriptions Free Through Nov. 18
Posted by Diane

British genealogy websites genesreunited.co.uk and findmypast.co.uk are offering their members free access to all 1911 census transcriptions now through Nov. 18.

The 1911 census of England and Wales has details on places of birth, family members, occupations, how many children had been born to a marriage, how many were still alive at the time of the census, and how many had died.

You'll need to register for a free account at either site to view the full transcription of a census entry. To view the original census record, subscribe or purchase credits on the site.


census records | Free Databases | UK and Irish roots
Thursday, October 18, 2012 8:41:58 AM (Eastern Daylight Time, UTC-04:00)  #  Comments [0]
# Wednesday, October 17, 2012
Ancestry.com Death Records Challenges Offer Chances to Win
Posted by Diane

Ancestry.com is issuing daily mystery genealogy challenges and that come with chances to win prizes. Use the site's death records collections to answer a challenge (or you could just wing it) and you'll be entered into a Nov. 2 grand prize drawing for a new iPad.

New challenges will be available Oct. 19, 22, 24, 26, 29, and 31.  If you answer the challenge correctly, you'll either be entered into a prize drawing for that challenge (Monday and Wednesday challenges) or receive a bonus entry for the grand prize drawing (Friday challenges).

Challenge prizes include gift certificates, Ancestry.com subscriptions and a DNA test (scroll down and click the terms and conditions link on this page to see the list of prizes).

Click here to see the current challenge.

In addition, several genealogy bloggers also are offering their own contests sponsored by Ancestry.com, with three-month Ancestry.com World Explorer subscriptions as prizes. They include:
  • Genea-Musings (ends Oct. 21); this blog will hold a second contest Oct. 23.
(If there's another blogger I missed, please click Comments below and let me know.)

Ancestry.com | Genealogy fun | Genealogy Web Sites | Vital Records
Wednesday, October 17, 2012 4:37:38 PM (Eastern Daylight Time, UTC-04:00)  #  Comments [1]
# Tuesday, October 16, 2012
Four Tips for Researching Military Ancestors Online
Posted by Tyler

Last chance for Online Military Records!

Almost every genealogist has an ancestor who spent some part of his life in service to our country. Today these individuals are immortalized in collection upon collection of digitized military records.

Jump into the fray with an hour-long webinar from expert presenter David A. Fryxell, who will discuss such conflicts as the Colonial Wars, Revolutionary War, War of 1812, Civil War, Spanish-American War and many more.

Some sample tips from this workshop include:

  • Service records and rolls are available for browsing via Fold3 if you know your ancestor's unit.
  • Resources vary depending on the conflict. For instance, Revolutionary War records are available via the Daughters of the American Revolution online library, whereas state websites are often an excellent resource for the Civil War.
  • There were three different types of WWI draft cards. Along with basic info such as name, age, address, etc., the 12-question Draft Card included occupation and any claimed draft exemptions.
  • Records that are not online can still be ordered using the eVets system available from Archives.gov.

Want to learn more, see demos of the sites mentioned here, and have your questions answered by our presenter? There's still time to register for the live webinar—Online Military Records takes place Thursday, Oct. 18 at 7 pm Eastern time (4 pm Pacific).

Can't make Thursday's presentation? No worries! Every registrant receives a copy of the recording to watch as many times as you wish, along with a PDF of the slides/handouts for reference.

See ShopFamilyTree.com for more details about this and other Family Tree University webinars.


Family Tree University | Military records
Tuesday, October 16, 2012 2:15:03 PM (Eastern Daylight Time, UTC-04:00)  #  Comments [2]
# Monday, October 15, 2012
FamilySearch.org Adds Free Records for 20+ US States & 20 Other Countries Including Italy
Posted by Diane

FamilySearch has added more than 70 million indexed genealogy records to the free FamilySearch.org over the past couple of weeks.

The indexed records come from the United States and 20 other countries in Europe, Africa, Asia, South America and the Caribbean.

Updated or new US records are from more than 20 states, plus New England passenger lists.

You can access FamilySearch.org's indexed records by using the search boxes on the FamilySearch.org home page (which will give you results from all the indexed records on FamilySearch.org) or by using my favorite method—searching that specific collection.

You can find the search page for a specific collection in one of two ways:
  • use the place filters on FamilySearch.org: Scroll down on the home page, choose a world region next to the map, then choose a country, date range or collection on the left to narrow the collection list to those covering your ancestor's lifetime. Then click on the title for the collection you want to search.
Got Italian ancestors? More than 8.3 million new browsable images of civil registrations and church records from Italy also were added. Because these aren't yet indexed, you'll need to find the page for the collection and then view records for the place in Italy your ancestor lived. Click here for FamilySearch.org's list of Italian record collections.


FamilySearch | Free Databases | Italian roots | UK and Irish roots
Monday, October 15, 2012 10:54:30 AM (Eastern Daylight Time, UTC-04:00)  #  Comments [0]
# Friday, October 12, 2012
Genealogy News Corral, Oct. 8-12
Posted by Diane

  • Ancestry.com has released a new Ancestry Facebook app that helps you use Facebook to add to your Ancestry.com family tree. The app lets you use your Facebook credentials to log into Ancestry.com, get hints about Facebook members who may be family, add family members on Facebook to your Ancestry tree and send copies of your tree to those relatives (which they can use to start their own trees on Ancestry.com). Watch a video of how the app works and get the app on Ancestry.com.
Note that when you add information from Facebook to your Ancestry.com tree, you grant Ancestry.com permission to use the information according to its Terms and Conditions and Privacy Statement.
  • Our Photo Detective Maureen A. Taylor's book The Last Muster: Images of the Revolutionary War Generation, will soon become a historical film! Visit LastMusterFilm.com to learn more about the project and how you can help the stories of the book's subjects come to life through a donation to the Center for Independent Documentary.
  • FamilySearch is holding a Genealogists Say "Thanks!" video contest. Submit a video sharing an ancestral find in FamilySearch indexes and thanking FamilySearch volunteer indexers for their work. Five winners will each receive  a $25 Visa gift card and have their videos published on teh FamilySearch indexing Facebook page. The submission deadline is November 5; see the FamilySearch blog for contest rules and other details.
  • British genealogy website Genes Reunited has added a Keepsafe feature where the site's members can store digital copies of their family records, photos and memories. Keepsafes can be public, private or shared with select others.  Also new are Relation Profiles, where members can view and edit details about people in their Genes Reunited family trees. Check out the recently revamped Genes Reunited here.


Ancestry.com | Celebrity Roots | FamilySearch | Genealogy Apps | Genealogy Web Sites | Photos | Social Networking | UK and Irish roots
Friday, October 12, 2012 11:04:26 AM (Eastern Daylight Time, UTC-04:00)  #  Comments [0]
# Thursday, October 11, 2012
It's a Great Time for Finding Ancestors' Military Records Online
Posted by Diane

In this quick preview of our Oct. 18 Online Military Records webinar, presenter David A. Fryxell explains why it's a great time to be researching your military ancestors.



The webinar will cover how to find online records for ancestors in specific US wars, the best websites for researching military ancestors (such as those David included in our 2012 list of the 101 Best Websites for genealogy), answers to webinar attendees' military research questions and more.

The Online Military Records webinar takes place next Thursday, Oct. 18, at 7 p.m. ET (6 p.m. CT, 5 p.m. MT, 4 p.m. PT).

We're offering a package deal with our Family Tree University US Military Records course: When you register for the course session starting Oct. 15 for just $79.99, you'll get a coupon for additional $20 off the Online Military Records webinar (the coupon code will be in your course registration confirmation email).

Check out the US Military Records course here and the Online Military Records webinar here.


Family Tree University | Military records | ShopFamilyTree.com Sales | Videos | Webinars
Thursday, October 11, 2012 9:17:09 AM (Eastern Daylight Time, UTC-04:00)  #  Comments [0]
# Wednesday, October 10, 2012
Iowa Genealogy Tips From Our Crash Course Webinar
Posted by Diane

Although the state of Iowa draws its name from the Ioway tribe of American Indians, it was also a home to colonists from New France, as well as farmers who made it part of the Corn Belt.

Whether your Iowa ancestors were European explorers or arrived with westward settlers, our upcoming Iowa Genealogy Crash Course webinar by Diana Crisman Smith and Gary Smith will answer all your questions about Hawkeye State heritage.

 Iowa Genealogy Crash Course

Diana and Gary let slip these "preview" tips from the webinar to share with you:
• Iowa is the 29th state, attaining statehood in December 1846. Birth and marriage records began in 1880 and death records in 1891. There are some online indexes (and even record images) you can use from home—at least to get enough information to request original records. We'll help you use these online sources, and tell you where to go for the originals.

• Iowa is one of the lucky states with great state censuses. In the webinar, we'll talk about when they were taken, what information they include, where to find them, and how to use them. You'll see examples of one of the greatest censuses in the country (in our opinions:) and the three pages of information on each enumerated individual.

• Land has always been one of Iowa's most important assets. The first sale of most land was from the federal government to individuals. Using the Bureau of Land Management's General Land Office database and other sources, we'll show you how to find land records and what they mean to your research.

• The Iowa Genealogical Society is large and active. We'll have some tips on researching using the society's library in Des Moines. If you have Iowa roots, this is one society you should join.
The Iowa Genealogy Crash Course webinar takes place Tuesday, Oct. 30 at 7 p.m. ET (that's 6 p.m. CT, 5 p.m. MT and 4 p.m. PT). Once you're registered, you'll receive access to view the recorded webinar again as many times as you want, a PDF copy of the presentation slides and 12 pages of additional handouts that'll help you find Iowa ancestors.

Sign up for the Iowa Genealogy Crash Course now to save $10 with our early bird discount!

Research Tips | ShopFamilyTree.com Sales | Webinars
Wednesday, October 10, 2012 1:32:24 PM (Eastern Daylight Time, UTC-04:00)  #  Comments [0]
# Tuesday, October 09, 2012
Coming Soon: The Genealogy Event
Posted by Diane

A brand-new genealogy event is happening soon, and it's called, well, the Genealogy Event. The conference, taking place Oct. 26 and 27 in New York City at the Metropolitan Pavilion, is full of classes, special events and exhibits.

And advance tickets to the Genealogy Event cost just $15 per day! (Click here to order online) On-site tickets cost $20 per day.

The roughly 40 half-hour power-learning sessions cover topics including getting started, genetic genealogy, house history, Irish research, Jewish research, African-American research, family photos, tracing New York ancestors and more. Download a schedule from the website's Attendees page.

Family Tree Magazine is excited to sponsor Past to Apron, a separately ticketed event ($30) that's all about where food meets history. It features a talk by our editorial director Allison Dolan about discovering and sharing your family's food heritage, a giveaway of our beautiful book From the Family Kitchen by Gena Philibert-Ortega (see how pretty it is?)

From the Family Kitchen

and a tasting of the winning dish from the Past to Apron recipe contest (now concluded; judging has commenced). You can choose from sessions at 4 p.m. Friday and 1 p.m. Saturday; order tickets at the same time you get your tickets to the Genealogy Event.

Genealogy Event exhibitors include companies (such as Family Tree Magazine in booth 406), research organizations and societies. Among those offering specials, Photo Detective Maureen A. Taylor will be offering 15-minute consultations about your mystery photos for a just $30. You can reserve your spot here.

Find out more on the Genealogy Event website and Facebook page.

Family Recipes | Genealogy Events
Tuesday, October 09, 2012 10:41:47 AM (Eastern Daylight Time, UTC-04:00)  #  Comments [0]
# Monday, October 08, 2012
Canadian Genealogy Websites, Tips and Resources
Posted by Diane

Happy Thanksgiving to our friends in Canada! The second Monday in October (that's today) is the holiday when Canadians celebrate the harvest.

The holiday hopped around from Nov. 6 in 1879, to the third Monday in October for many years, until Parliament set the date on the second Monday of October in 1957. You can read more about the history of Canada's Thanksgiving on the Armchair Genealogist blog.

If you've got the day off for Canadian Thanksgiving (or if you're American, for Columbus Day), take some time to trace your Canadian kin with advice from these FamilyTreeMagazine.com articles (all free) and resources from ShopFamilyTree.com:



Canadian roots | Genealogy Web Sites
Monday, October 08, 2012 11:03:34 AM (Eastern Daylight Time, UTC-04:00)  #  Comments [0]